74 posts categorized "Butter"

Pecan Pie Brownies

In Butter, Chocolate, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Eggs, Nuts, Pecan, Recipe
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My oldest "baby", Hayden,  just turned 22 and as he wasn't home for a traditional birthday celebration with cake this year, I decided to bake him a batch of these amazing brownies to enjoy when he returned from college for Thanksgiving.  They are a slight twist on an Alice Medrich recipe from her fab book, Seriously Bitter Sweet: The Ultimate Dessert Maker's Guide to Chocolate .  

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Twisted Turtle Bars

In Butter, Chocolate, Coconut, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Cream, Dessert, Nuts, Oats, Peanut, Recipe
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 I call these "Twisted Turtle Bars" because they are my spin on the classic as presented  by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito in their second cookbook, Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented .  I made these to bring to my eldest son and his cronies at college a few weekends back, and decided to modify the original recipe NOT because I thought I could make it any better, but because I didn't have all the ingredients I needed on-hand and so decided to make a few substitutions.

"Turtles" have always been, are now, and will always be candies that are made from caramel, chocolate and pecans.   I love them in a way that is probably unnatural for a grown man, but really what's not to love about them.  They're chewy, crunchy, sweet, and salty...and oh so cute if made properly so that they resemble little turtles with the pecans forming their legs and head.

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Creamed Mushroom Soup

In Butter, Cream, Leek, Main Course, Mushroom, Peach, Recipe, Soup & Stew
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 When my Mom was laid up sick in bed for a few days last week she was craving not a chicken noodle soup, but rather a cream of mushroom soup.  Not the famed Campbell's from a can version, but something closer to the velvety perfection she remembered enjoying on a cruise we took together many years ago.

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Boursin Potatoes

In Butter, Cheese, Milk, Potatoes, Recipe, Side Dish
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Growing up in Southern Vermont in the 70s and 80s cheese meant just one thing, glorious Vermont Cheddar.  Long before the artisanal cheese making boom that has swept the country over the past 15-20 years, Vermont's cheddar tradition even then was well established.  "Imported" cheeses whether from other regions of the US, or from other countries were something I rarely encountered as a kid.

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Steak with Blue Cheese Bacon Butter

In Bacon, Beef, Butter, Cheese, Main Course, Meat, Recipe, Sauces / Condiments
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This little number was inspired by a dish Hayden had while dining out this summer  We were at a lovely little local joint, The Sun Tavern, and as soon as I saw the dish listed on the menu I KNEW he was going to order it.  I'm happy to say that all of my boys have grown to be adventurous eaters, at various times tucking into lamb brains, frogs legs, beef heart, and snails, but more often than not when we're out they'll order up some spin on a steak and potatoes feast.

On this occasion, the dish was a twist on steak frites, the steak was a sirloin and it was topped with a big old slab of a melting compound butter made with blue cheese and bacon.  

What could be better?  

Judging from the speed at which he finished his meal...... not much!

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Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

In Almond, Blueberry, Breakfast / Brunch, Butter, Dessert, Eggs, Fruit, Peach, Pies, Tarts, Crisps , Recipe
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This past week I committed the cardinal sin of food shopping, the very thing I urge all of my "Cooking Matters" students to avoid.

I went shopping while hungry.  Starving actually, if I'm to be totally honest with you all.

While racing from point A to point B last Thursday, I zipped into my farmer's market (with my stomach at full growl) to grab some fresh produce to tide me over for a few days.  A sample of a fresh from the tree local peach sent me into full craving mode and rather than buy a single 3 pound box for eating fresh, I decided to pick up two.  Like I said, NEVER shop hungry!

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Potato Poppers

In Butter, Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres, Lemon, Potatoes, Recipe, Side Dish
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 I've always been a freak for twice baked potatoes (really...it's embarrassing), so when I saw this twist on the classic in my latest Cooking Light Magazine, I couldn't resist.  I had a bunch of baby potatoes in my crisper left-over from a potato salad I made for the the 4th and everything else I needed on-hand as well, so these were a breeze to pull together.

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Flour's Chunky Lola Cookies

In Butter, Chefs, Chocolate, Coconut, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Eggs, Oats, Pecan, Recipe, Snacks
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As I was with Sarabeth's "Chocolate Chubbies" that I posted here some time ago, I am grateful for the quirky name that Flour Bakery adopted for these cookies.  Having the word chunky in the name helps me to keep my intake of these dandies in-check as it is a constant reminder of the risks inherent in letting yourself go with a tin full of these on the counter.  Enough said.

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Chocolate Pecan Brookies

In Butter, Chocolate, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Eggs, Nuts, Pecan, Recipe
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A brookie....what the hell is a "brookie", I can hear you asking?

Well, in my parlance, a brookie is a cookie with the texture of a brownie.

Get it?

I decided to whip these up the other day because I needed a BUNCH of cookies in a hurry for an event I was hosting at my home.  Rather than cook up multiple batches of much larger cookies, I decided to pull out my #70 portion scoop (about 1/2 ounce, 1 tablespoon) and cranked out about 4 dozen of these gorgeous little "brookies" in no time.

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Chocolate-Oatmeal-Walnut Cookies

In Butter, Chocolate, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Nuts, Oats, Recipe, Snacks, Walnut
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Ever go to a top-notch bakery and buy a huge, delicious chocolate chip cookie and wish that you could make one just like it at home?

Well now you can.

These behemoths, from the famed Tartine Bakery in San Francisco are the ultimate bakery case cookie.  Fully 3" wide, they are packed with chewy-earthy oats, crunchy walnuts and decadently rich bittersweet chocolate.  The addition of molasses gives them a depth of flavor that brown sugar alone can't quite match, and their generous size will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth at your table.

 

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